Watch your speed, watch the signs
There are worse things than a fine
MOTORISTS are being urged to be vigilant when driving through school zones and to abide by speed limits and road crossing rules now that school’s back in.
Acting Sergeant Maria McCullum said members of the Dalby Road Policing Unit would step up patrols over the coming weeks while everyone settled into the new school year.
“We will be stepping up patrols until everyone gets back into school mode and it will be continual throughout the school year but certainly this week there will be additional enforcement.
“We’re reminding people to be observant of signage and crossings; be aware that school crossings are different.”
The primary point of difference with school crossings is that motorists are required to stop when pedestrians are waiting in the approach area.
“The lollypop ladies are very good and... when we’re not there they do report certain motorists to us,” Sgt McCallum said.
While every school zone is signed they are not uniform across the state with times also varying in Dalby.
“Different signs do have different times so be observant. It’s usually 7–9am and 2–4pm but some are all day zones.”
Speeding and inattention in school zones is the major concern for police and Sgt McCallum said it was crucial people observed the 40km speed limit.
“It’s a busy time and there are kids everywhere and at times they’re inattentive or they get excited; it’s about being a bit more aware and compliant,” she said.
Sgt McCallum said the consequences of speeding through school zones was an infringement notice at the very least.
“At worst it’s an accident or death,” she said.
“The speed limit is to do with your stopping and braking distance,” she said.
“Kids run out on the road or ride push bikes between cars; you want enough time to break,” she said.
We will be stepping up patrols until everyone gets back into school mode...
BACK TO SCHOOL: Acting Sergeant Maria McCallum is reminding drivers to drive carefully in school zones.